NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Mark Prior’s comeback may have hit another snag.
Prior suffered a bruised left forearm on Wednesday after being hit by a ball during batting practice. The converted reliever was hit by a liner near the wrist on his 20th pitch of a BP session at the Yankees’ minor league complex.
Since pitching April 18 at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the right-hander has made just one minor league appearance because of a strained groin and back soreness. He expects to pitch soon in a rookie-level Gulf Coast League game.
Prior has struggled with shoulder injuries and made his previous major league appearance in August 2006. The 30-year old went 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA in 30 starts for the NL Central champion Chicago Cubs in 2003.
Also, backup infielder Ramiro Pena, who had an appendectomy on July 18, has resumed a running program.
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